What if I fail?
Unlike most tests that you will have previously done, the BMAT has no pass or fail threshold. You simply have to do the very best you can, and you will be graded accordingly. The reason there isn’t a pass or fail threshold is because different institutions use the result in different ways. To see how your targeted university uses the score, you can check out our BMAT Universities post for a more in-depth look or alternatively contact the university in question.
Okay, so I definitely haven’t failed… but how do I see how I did?
Once you have taken the test, finding out your results depends on whether you took an October or September BMAT.
Candidates taking an October test in 2018 will receive their marks on the 23rd of November via a PDF Statement of Results (which can be found here).
September candidates have their results delivered through the Metritests system, with the key differentiator being that candidates must select the institutions to send their results to. The results date in 2018 for September BMAT tests is the 21st of September.
All I’m seeing is numbers, what do they mean?
The majority of candidates will receive a score of 4.3 – 4.7 for both Section 1 and 2. Although the score does range all the way to 9, less than 1% of candidates will achieve this. A strong score to aim for in both sections is around the 5.0 mark, but it is important to take a look at test results below. These are from 2016. The growing competition of capable candidates is pushing what is considered a strong score higher up the scale. Comparatively in 2017, 4.5-5.0 was the average score, so you shouldn’t feel “safe” if hovering around the 5.0 mark.
I lied, there aren’t just numbers. There’s letters too?
Section 3 results differ greatly from Section 1 and 2.
At a minimum, an A in the quality of English score is required since over 70% of candidates achieve this.
For the quality of content score, as you might expect, 3.0 the median figure. This is the average with just over 35% of candidates achieving this mark. As with Section 1 and 2, the average marks for this section are rising year-by-year, but not by such a great margin. The graph below shows results for the 2015 November test. The 2017 results show a growing proportion (+5% more) of candidates getting 3.5. Although weighted less than Section 1 and 2, Section 3 shows a keen understanding and ability to write compelling arguments in a short space of time, which can be looked upon favourably by universities.
November 2015 Section 3 Results
November 2017 Section 3 Results
The numbers and letters are less than I expected, what can I do?
If you feel you have been unfairly graded and would like a re-mark; you can do this at a charge of £33.
This would only affect your Section 3 mark since this is the only section which is scored to the discretion of the markers. It’s important to note that Section 3 holds less weight than Section 1 and 2 so a remark is unlikely to raise your final score massively, if at all.